Watercolour Painting Class outdoor with Maggie O'Brien Cornwall learn to paint


This course emphasises the exciting and flexible nature of painting with watercolour encouraging freedom of application through broader use of paint, quick studies and impressions that can be worked up in the studio. Students will be given the opportunity to explore more experimental approaches to watercolour by painting on different surfaces, adding mixed media to the process and by attempting to loosen up techniques working on large paper using big brushes. The course will look at both landscape and still life and the development of techniques in washes, colour mixing, perspective, pattern and texture. On the second day, weather permitting, we will work on location in the old harbour at Newlyn with time spent in the studio pulling everything together and working from the notes, photographs, drawings and colour studies made during field work.

All drawing materials, supports and the loan of a watercolour paint box will be supplied by the art school.

Maggie O'Brien also teaches our Expressive Painting three day course at Newlyn School of Art.



Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

 at 9.50am for a 10am start

All skill levels, from beginners to those with more experience. If you have any specific access or support requirements please give us a call at the time of booking to discuss your needs.

We would advise that this course is suitable for those of 16 years of age and upwards. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our students.

A3 watercolour sketchbook, range of basic soft pencils; all other materials including the loan of a watercolour box and other mixed media, larger watercolour paper etc are provided by the school. Please bring with you warm and waterproof clothes.

Please bring a packed lunch.

170.00 including materials - fee payable in full at the time of booking.

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You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation and transport where applicable. Although we do list local providers of accommodation on our Website to try to assist you in finding accommodation, you are responsible for contracting directly with the accommodation provider and when doing so (and when booking transport) you should make arrangements for cancellation whether that is as the result of a cancellation of a Course by us or by you and you should consider appropriate insurance.

Our full terms and conditions can be found here.

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'Fantastic. So much to try out and really pushed my work on. Great fun and Anita's online instruction was very inspiring. Loved working from the looped films of the coast alongside Anita's instructions and demos'.

Jane, Devon

'I bought the online course on Abstracting the Landscape and I have to say how brilliant this is. It is the first online help and advice video I have watched that actually does what is promised, and the Cornish landscape is so inspiring. Well done Anita and team'.

Michael, Kent
Registered Office: Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5AW. Tel: 01736365557.
Company Number: 7621257. Registered in Cardiff in 2011.